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Google partners with Ministry of HRD to offer free online courses from some of the country’s best professors

Written by Harshad Patankar

Google has announced a partnership with the Ministry of HRD’s National Program on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) project, in which some of the country’s best professors will be offering free online courses to anyone interested in learning.

Google has taken various initiative for the education and for increasing spread of internet in India. Last month in the visit of Mr. Sundar Pichai it has published plan for #GoogleForIndia.  Also they have initiated the Google Loon project which will help to increase spread of internet and boost to education.

Few days back HRD has initiated other projects in which NCERT books will be offered without any charge, also the mobile apps and portal like ePathshala were launched.

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Registration and Information on Online Courses Offered

These courses are based on Google’s open-source online courses platform viz. Course Builder with the aim of offering free, high-quality educational material to students, along with the ability to earn a certificate at the culmination of each course. Although, while the course itself is free there is a nominal fee involved in taking the examination.

At this time there are 47 courses to choose from, encompassing fields such as

  • Computer Science
  • Management
  • Social Sciences
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mathematics and Basic Sciences.

Who is offering these courses

These courses are being offered by faculty from renowned institutes including

  1. IIT Madras
  2. IIT Kanpur
  3. IIT Kharagpur
  4. IIT Bombay
  5. Chennai Mathematical Institute
  6. The Indian Council of Medical Research.
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Modeled on the lines of a regular university course, these consist of video lectures, reading material, quizzes and assignments, and based on the length of the lecture material are available in three different durations: 10-hour, 20-hour and 40-hour. To answer students’ queries over the duration of the course, there are also online discussion forums available.

The NPTEL online courses program has been active since January 2014 and over the last two years has offered over 90 online courses totalling close to 400,000 enrollments.

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About the author

Harshad Patankar

My name is Harshad Patankar and I am the chief blogger at BumbleBeeHub Blog and where I like to share my internet/tech experience along with some fascinating updates around the Business, Technology, Education and Government sectos with my online readers on this website. You can read more about me at my About Page. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Google